Packing to move is one of the hardest and most exhausting things you’ll ever do. There’s a lot of emotion tied up in your “stuff”, you’re trying to clean out as you pack, and you want to make sure everything arrives at its new home in good condition. Challenging, but not impossible!
pack by room — storing all of the items that belong in one room in the same box
label each box with the room the box’s contents — “books,” “cookware,” “towels,” etc.
create a master inventory list of all your boxes and their contents, according to room
all these steps will help you make sure nothing gets left behind in the move
use strong, clean cardboard boxes for packing
try not to exceed 50 pounds in each packed container
pack heavier items in smaller boxes, lighter items in bigger ones
make sure no box is packed so heavy that you can’t easily carry it
place heavier items on the bottom of each box and lighter items on top
containers will be more stable and less likely to tip over in transit
use strong twine or threaded packing tape to thoroughly seal your containers
if you still have the item’s original packaging, use that for storage during your move
good for items that have their own specially molded styrofoam padding
otherwise, use clean crumpled paper, bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts for padding
don’t be afraid to use too much padding — especially with items that might get chipped or bent easily
use compartmentalized boxes to keep fragile objects from bumping together
sit items flat on one side or another — packing fragile objects at strange angles is inviting damage
pack your containers tightly to avoid shifting — the number one cause of damage during moves
avoid surface scratches by covering each piece of furniture with a sheet, blanket, or paper
pad corners with extra foam or blankets
store clothing and linens inside of chests and dressers as you move them
just be careful about overloading, which can cause furniture joints to separate and collapse
wrap each mirror, picture, and glass shelf separately in a blanket, tape securely
mark fragile items with a note not to sit anything on top of that package
only blank newsprint to avoid ink smudges — especially on lampshades and fabric-covered items
drain all fluids from power and yard tools so they won’t leak
dispose of volatile chemicals — oil, antifreeze, gasoline, etc.
make certain all liquids and foodstuffs are in sealed containers
leave the refrigerator door open to decrease humidity
a piece of coal or layer of baking soda prevents mildew and must
wrap electric items individually before packing and cushion well
make an extra “final check” sweep
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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.
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